Journeying together

Ben continues his set of opening sermons by talking about the process of journeying together as a people of God. He assures us he is not here to impose change upon us, but rather guide us through the changes the God is asking us to face.  He acknowledges the many great things that God isContinue reading “Journeying together”

Sharing the Good News: Ben’s first sermon and our first audio.

Today, Ben preached his first sermon with his us.  He shared his story of how he became a Christian. How God changed his life at age 16 and helped him find peace and hope.  He talks about how we the story of God in our lives with others. The readings for the day, referred toContinue reading “Sharing the Good News: Ben’s first sermon and our first audio.”

Who was Mary Magdalene, really?

Reading: John 20:1-2, 11-18 Mary Magdalene. Was ever a saint more maligned? As one writer puts it, she has ‘served as a scrim onto which a succession of fantasies have been projected.’ Her story intrigues and fascinates. In the film The Last Temptation of Christ, she represented the power of lust Jesus had to resist if heContinue reading “Who was Mary Magdalene, really?”

Give yourselves time to sit and be with Jesus

Reading: Luke 10: 38-42 Back in the first century, a domestic scene is being played out. Jesus is travelling towards Jerusalem, and on his way stops off at the village of Bethany, calling in at the house of friends, Mary and Martha. Martha welcomes him and makes him feel at home. Her sister, Mary, sits down beforeContinue reading “Give yourselves time to sit and be with Jesus”

We are sent out to tell the Good News

Reading: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 ‘The Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.’ Here’s a description of an early outreach ministry into the local communities. Seventy ministers sent out to proclaim the good news. I wonder what sort ofContinue reading “We are sent out to tell the Good News”

What are our priorities?

Ordinary Sunday 13 (C) Reading: Luke 9:51-62 Each of the Gospel writers has his own way of telling the story. In Luke’s Gospel we’ve got to a point that’s called the journey section or travel narrative. It begins by saying that Jesus has ‘set his face to go to Jerusalem.’ It’s the start of theContinue reading “What are our priorities?”

Stewardship: Giving Thanks

Readings: 1 Chronicles 16:4, 7-13, 34; Psalm 149; Ephesians 5:15-20; Luke 10:21-24 You may recall the old harvest hymn: ‘We plough the fields and scatter…’ The refrain goes: ‘All good gifts around us / are sent from heaven above / so thank the Lord, oh thank the lord for all his love.’ The hymn doesn’tContinue reading “Stewardship: Giving Thanks”

The Feast of Pentecost

Readings: Genesis 11:1-9 & Acts 2:1-21 Once upon a time, before history started, the whole earth had only one language and the same words. But human beings got above themselves and decided to make themselves famous by building a great tower – so high that it could reach the heavens. But God took one lookContinue reading “The Feast of Pentecost”

Breaking our chains

Readings: Acts 16:16-34; John 17:20-26 We’re entering the final stages of our celebration of Easter. Thursday marked a turning point with Jesus’ ascension – his return to the Father in order that the Spirit might come. The risen Christ has been taken into the eternal dimension. He’s no longer to be seen in bodily form,Continue reading “Breaking our chains”

The Ascension

Readings: Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 While [Jesus] was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. (Luke 24:51) What is the Ascension about? We’re not talking about a first century version of Star Trek: “Beam me up Scottie.” Rather, let’s remember that Luke is trying to put into words what’sContinue reading “The Ascension”